Staff and students of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) are lamenting the invasion of the university’s permanent site by cows. Joshua Turna Lumi reports.
Cattle grazing is now threatening the peace of the University of Jos (UNIJOS). The management has been looking for a solution to the matter to avoid a breakdown of law and order. Some students have described the campus as a “grazing reserve” or “cattle ranch” following the campus invasion by cattle.
The sight of cattle grazing on the campus and hostels is now a daily routine. Investigation revealed that the cattle rearers come from as far as Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State and other communities close to the university.
The herdsmen have found the campus at Naraguta the best ground for grazing. Daily, they lead their cows to the grassy field.
The university would have worried a little if the cows were only grazing on the phase two of its site, which has not been developed, but the university worries more because the cattle breeders are also grazing within the phase one, which has already been developed into full school campus and students’ hostels.
Also, the situation is worsened by the campus not being completely fenced.
A 300-Level student resident of Naraguta Hostel estimated that just about half of the school’s land was fenced.
“If I am to put it in percentage, I can say only 60 percent of the permanent site is properly fenced. So, 40 per cent of the school is left with no fence,” he said.
The institution has been partly fenced from the angle of Bauchi and Zaria roads, where the entrance gates to the hostels and the campus are found. But the rear of the institution, which connects it to Naraguta Village has not been fenced. The unfenced portion has made the school unsecured. Herdsmen invade the school premises through that point.
“As the cows feed around the hostels, the cry of the cow is a sort of nuisance to us. They litter the environment with their faeces and urine. This continues on daily basis and makes the entire surrounding impure, says one of the students.’’
At the female hostel known as “Zion Hostel”, a student, said the cows spoil their laundry.
‘’We used to dry our cloths on the grasses. We can no longer do that because these animals will mess them up. At times you come and meet heavy load of cow dung on the clothes you laboured to wash. We are not finding it easy here; something has to be done about it,” she said.
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